My son’s goal is to try one of every variety of apple that is ready to be picked, whenever we go to the orchard. This time, he sampled Gala, Empire, Cortland and McIntosh. Today’s winner IS… Empire! (c) Kim M. Bennett, 2012

Our first (and hopefully, not last) trip to the orchard was to Buell’s Orchard in Eastford, Connecticut. We were glad to have Grandma fly up from Jacksonville, Florida to join us (her arms were very tired — ha ha ha!).

The apples have turned into lunchbox snacks, fresh juice in the juicer, and lots and lots of apple brown betty! We also learned about how apples change colors, and the role of cold nights, sunshine and shade in the color process.

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